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HRD Minister: Schools might reopen after board exams

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HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’

In the wake of Coronavirus outbreak schools across the country are closed from mid-March. Many exams are postponed or cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic across the country. There is an uncertainly looms over the opening of schools.

During a media interaction, Union Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said that the schools might reopen after the board exams. He also added that the final decision will rely on the ground situation and things will be finalised only after the guidance of the health ministers and home ministers.

There were speculations in the past days that the schools might reopen from June 2020. However, the education minister said that the schools will reopen after at least a month from now.

Earlier, the CBSE remaining exam dates were announced and will be conducted from July 1 to July 15, 2020.

The minister also said that as the COVID cases are consistently increasing in the country, the final decision will be taken keeping in mind the safety of the students.

“I am confident the situation will be normal. If it doesn’t get better, we will consult the ministry, student, parents. We will consider all the suggestions,” he further added.

The NCERT’s task force will look into the current situation and decide on the reopening of the schools.

Recently, CBSE allowed the students to appear for exams from their present districts. Students were advised to contact their respective school authorities and get their exam centers changed accordingly.

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